The NBA hired retired Army Maj. Gen. Ronald Johnson on Tuesday as senior vice president of referee operations, a newly created position to help strengthen the league's officiating programs following the Tim Donaghy scandal.
The move splits executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson's role into two positions, a plan commissioner David Stern announced last fall. Johnson will oversee all aspects of officiating, and Jackson will continue to handle all other domestic and international basketball matters.
Johnson retired after 32 years as a combat engineer.
The Sacramento Kings agreed to a five-year deal that could be worth $33 million to retain point guard Beno Udrih, according to ESPN.com.
Udrih, 25, averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 assists last season.
Meanwhile, in an e-mail to ESPN.com, Kings forward Ron Artest said he regrets not opting out of the final $7.4-million season of his contract by the Monday night deadline, adding, "I had some misleading information [in making the] decision on not opting out."